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Full text of "Stamering And Cognate Defects Of Speech Vol - Ii"

MODES OF ENUNCIATION, ETC          191

The facts seem to be that a "low tongue" Is no

commoner among stammerers than among normal-
speaking persons* Under these circumstances it is
difficult to understand what the recommended pro-
cedure was intended to accomplish. The few cures

effected  and there are always cures, however bad the
method - must have been largely due to the removal

of fear and inhibitive auto-suggestion,1 Further, most
teachers that employed the method made use of vari-
ous accessory measures that were decidedly rational,
and these measures undoubtedly benefited the stam-
merer. The tongue*cxercises may have established
clearer kinaesthetic images of lingual movements,
and may thus have facilitated vowel-production.
The attention paid to respiration would, of course,
combat certain vicious forms of physical stammering;
and **continuity of sound" (thought)  which even
Mrs. Leigh seems to have enjoined  would exert
its usual benelkial influence* These measures would
account for what few cures were effected, and
thus explain the brief popularity that the system
enjoyed.

1 Thus Pratt Hagemann in i$4S; "Sometimes the cure is instanta-
neous, for the difficulty i largely one of suggestion (Einbildung), and
when the stammerer finds himself at once free from his Impediment,
he becomes convinced that what was formerly regarded as an organic
defect or an inexplicable affliction was nothing more than a bad
habit/* ("Die Uiitrdglicht* Hellung das Stotter- und Stammel-
Ubd," p. 20.)